I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on March 24, 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Fiction, Historical, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Some kisses come at a price.
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
So having The Winner’s Kiss physically in my hands was an epic moment. I had been waiting so long to see what happens and my expectations were so so high. I had a bubble of excitement and so I ended up doing the only sensible thing and reading this book straight-away.
This did feel a slower book to the others because there is so much to deal with. Kestrel has memory problems to deal with as well as dealing with the aftermath of being a prisoner in a brutal work camp. And Arin has a horrific war to fight. So both have to deal with the lies they told each other in the previous books.
And yay! There is more romance being Arin and Kestrel. This time it felt more real and they got to fall in love all over again thanks to the above issues. The bond they have here felt more real and the strength they gave to one another and the way each held the other up in admiration was a lovely thing to read.
This is also the book where Roshar became a favourite. Using his humour and charm to bring the best out of Arin and managed to break the tension often with his witty comments. He felt an important part of the book. Helping to make the story even more satisfying and a joy to read.
The Winner’s Kiss delivers a satisfying ending to a thrilling series. One book you certainly won’t be disappointed with.